We hope you’re taking time this summer to get out of dodge and soak up some sun. Whether you’ve been invited to a beach house, a country home, or a cabin by the lake, showing up with a thoughtful gift is always a wonderful idea. These host(ess) gifts will surprise, delight, and go a long way towards securing your invitation back again next season. Here’s to long, lazy, and delicious summer days in good company.

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Perfect Pairings

Blow your hosts away with a crowd-pleasing cheese platter of premium Beemster served with spot-on accompaniments. It’s always a great time to dig into a classic cheeseboard made with wedges of Beemster Premium Goat, Beemster X-O, Beemster Vlaskaas and Beemster Paradiso Vintage. Pair with grapes, marcona almonds, quince paste and grainy mustard. Get inspired here, and feel free to riff and make it your own.

Kid Friendly Treats

Nothing says summer vacation like gathering around a campfire to make gooey s’mores. Bring the fixings: chocolate, graham crackers, and fluffy marshmallows. For the grownups (and the adventurous kids), a slice of Beemster Classic is an excellent s’more addition—it’ll add a salty-sweet dimension and deep caramel notes.

For the Hostess with the Mostess

Serious entertainers need beautiful trays and boards on which to serve cheese, charcuterie, snacks, and appetizers. We love this gorgeously organic-looking olive wood board from West Elm, and this white, grey and green architectural marble serving board from CB2. Gift these along with a wedge of Beemster X-O or Paradiso Reserve and your favorite jar of fig jam or lemon curd.

For Serious Foodies

There are so many fascinating, educational and stunning cookbooks that will inspire and maybe challenge the hosts who love to spend time in the kitchen. Some giftable cookbooks we love include Dining In by Alison Roman, Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden, and Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand by Leela Punyaratabandhu. Or bring The Art of the Cheese Plate by Tia Keenan along with a cheese and condiment from the pages of the book.

For your Gluten-Free Hosts

Cheese is an ideal go-to for those avoiding gluten. Bring your hosts a selection of your favorite. You’ll get bonus points for including something seasonal like Graskaas, made with the first spring milk when the first wildflowers bloom on the Beemster Polder. Another great pick is Beemster Premium Goat, a smooth, sweet cheese that will win over the hearts of goat cheese lovers and skeptics alike.

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Fixings for Breakfast

Be the best guest ever and make breakfast for the whole crew. Bring what you need to make a simple but delectable continental spread, with your favorite scone or muffin mix, fresh fruits (you can pick these up from a farmer’s market or a roadside stand), and your favorite wedge of cheese—we love starting the day with Farmers’ Choice. Extra credit for fresh-squeezed orange juice and brewing another pot of coffee.